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Final Report Released as Smart City Challenge Comes to an End

Brent Warren Brent Warren Final Report Released as Smart City Challenge Comes to an End

Expectations were high when Columbus won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge in 2016, beating out a host of other cities, including Austin, Portland and San Fransisco. The win unlocked $40 million in federal grant money and a $10 million grant from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc., but local leaders talked up the potential for […]

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New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

The Columbus Downtown Development Commission now has a new leadership team to go along with a newly-reconfigured board and a new directive from the mayor’s office to push for an “equitable recovery” for the region’s core. Greg Davies, who most recently worked for the Columbus Partnership and previously served as Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Chief of […]

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Front Street Bridge to be Replaced as I-70/71 Split Project Continues

Brent Warren Brent Warren Front Street Bridge to be Replaced as I-70/71 Split Project Continues

The next phase of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-70/71 split project is now back on track and scheduled to begin early next year. As part of that phase, the South Front Street bridge that spans the freeway between the Brewery District and Downtown will be replaced with a new, wider bridge that will feature […]

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Mayors, Amtrak Make Pitch for Ohio Expansion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Mayors, Amtrak Make Pitch for Ohio Expansion

Amtrak officials are enlisting Ohio’s local leaders to make the case for the expansion of passenger rail service in the state. At a virtual media event held yesterday with the mayors of Cleveland, Dayton and Crestline, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn stressed the importance of Ohio to the agency’s overall expansion plans. Amtrak’s 2035 Vision plan […]

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COTA Brings Express Lines Back, but Riders Still Waiting for Late Night Service

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Brings Express Lines Back, but Riders Still Waiting for Late Night Service

Last week, several express lines starting running again for the first time since the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) was forced to start cutting back service in mid-March of last year. The return of COTA’s limited-service, rush-hour-focused lines is a sign that some level of demand is returning for buses that take commuters from the […]

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Updated: City Decides on Plan for Clintonville Bike Bridges

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: City Decides on Plan for Clintonville Bike Bridges

Editor’s Note (4/23/21): The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department announced today that it had selected Alternative 2 (as shown above) to complete the Olentangy Trail in Clintonville. For more information, see www.columbus.gov. The article below was originally posted on February 3. Plans to close the last significant gap in the Olentangy Trail are moving forward. Currently, […]

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Franklinton Trail and Park Plans Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Franklinton Trail and Park Plans Moving Forward

The next two years could see several different projects spearheaded by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department come to fruition in Franklinton. Plans for a new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River and an off-street trail along Souder Avenue are moving forward, although the details have changed since the idea was first proposed […]

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